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11 June 2008

RSPCA Denham wins the Petplan Charity Prize Draw

RSPCA Denham Rehoming Centre has won a valuable £500 donation from the UK’s leading pet insurance provider, Petplan. The rehoming centre that operates as a charity will use the money to contribute towards building more kennels in order to accommodate the increasing number of dogs which are brought into the centre.

Petplan works with more rehoming charities than any other insurer to help fund the care of thousands of homeless cats and dogs. The company offers a cover note for six weeks free insurance to every owner adopting pets through the shelters it supports and also donates vouchers for insurance to visitors and supporters of the charities. Each month a prize draw is held from all the vouchers and cover notes issued and one charity benefits from the prize fund.

Liz Sheppee has been running Denham Rehoming Centre, which can take up to 50 cats and 10 dogs at a time, and has been open for over 30 years. She said: "Many of the animals we take in need building up. When they come in they are not covered by insurance and veterinary fees are one of our biggest costs. We have been trying to increase the number of dogs we can hold at the centre so the £500 will be used toward building more kennels. We have an excellent relationship with Petplan and their support enables us to ensure that the pets we rehome are getting off to a good start with proper insurance cover during the busy period of settling in to their new homes."

Petplan is committed to supporting the valuable work carried out by rehoming centres all over the country, ranging from locally-based charities to leading national organisations such as RSPCA, Battersea, Cats Protection, Blue Cross and Dogs Trust.

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s head of marketing said: "We understand what a difficult time it can be rehoming a cat or dog and are happy to provide the extra peace of mind that insurance cover gives during the first few weeks of an animal’s life in a new environment. Having your pet insured is an important part of taking care of its future health and making sure that you can manage any unforeseen veterinary costs."

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

For more information about Petplan cat insurance, please visit:
www.petplan.co.uk/factsheets/why-take-out-cat-insurance.asp

For more information about Petplan dog insurance, please visit:
www.petplan.co.uk/factsheets/why-take-out-dog-insurance.asp